Wheels For The World

A Mother's Faith is Strengthened Through Your Generosity

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 25, 2015
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God's tender care, shown through Wheels team member DebbieTeadora was at the end of her strength when she arrived at our Wheels for the World outreach in Peru. Her back hurt from carrying her 8 year old disabled son, Daniel, on the arduous journey. Is it possible there will be a wheelchair for Daniel? Will I be able to even afford it? These were the questions that consumed her mind that day. But the needs of her son compelled her to come. Teadora labors relentlessly to provide for her son. She works all day under the beating sun, toiling in the furrows of potatoes, wheat and lima beans. She saves every penny to provide food and few items of clothing for Daniel. There is nothing left over. As a shiny, brand new pediatric wheelchair is brought out for Daniel, Teadora’s brow creases with worry… I can’t afford this wheelchair. It’s too nice—too expensive. Her heart sinks...

You're Sending the Gospel to China

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 13, 2015
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Local volunteers sharing the good news in ChinaOver twenty years ago in China, Feng Cheng Gang plunged courageously into terrifying flood waters. Some young children had been swept in, and he struggled desperately against the torrent, in a heroic attempt to rescue them. The lives of two children were saved, but Feng Cheng Gang had paid dearly. Too long in the freezing cold water, his legs did not recover from the trauma. He has never again been able to walk. With no means of mobility, Feng Cheng Gang expected to spend the rest of his life lying in his bed at home while his mother and sister cared for him. At a Wheels for the World outreach, a wheelchair was provided for Feng Cheng Gang, and a Bible was given to him and his family. Heavy hearts lightened and dark despair turned to joy as they heard – for the...

You Send So Much More Than Wheelchairs

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 6, 2015
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Luana receiving a new pediatric wheelchairLuana receiving a Joni book
Two years ago in Romania, 10 year old Luana received her very own pediatric wheelchair at a Wheels for the World outreach. “It helped our whole family so much more than I can say,” her mother, Oana, told us. “Luana can now go to school safely and comfortably. She has friends now, too. She goes outside to play and feels the warm sunshine on her face. She can finally enjoy and experience life.” Recently, Luana and Oana came back to our Wheels outreach, because Luana is growing. Our Wheels team replaced her first wheelchair with a bigger one and carefully adjusted...

First a Wheelchair from You... Now She's Sharing the Gospel!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 24, 2015
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Ionila receiving her wheelchair from Wheels for the WorldHave you ever wondered, “How does a wheelchair really make a difference?” or “How can God use a wheelchair to advance His Kingdom?” Meet Ionila from Romania, and you’ll see how!
1. A Wheelchair, Provided by You
Ionila lives in an orphanage in Romania. For this young girl, the future held little hope… until she was taken to a Wheels for the World outreach where she received her very own wheelchair and a Gospel bracelet! “I feel like God’s princess on a throne!” Ionila told us.
2. You Opened the Door to God’s Word
Shortly after she received her new wheelchair, Ionila was able to attend a Joni and Friends International Family Retreat. There, she experienced God’s love from our Short Term Missionaries (STMs) who went to serve the families during the week. Best of all, Ionila learned more about Jesus, finding spiritual refreshment during morning devotions, moments of fellowship, worship and ...

Wheels for the World in Cuba

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 17, 2015
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Doors for the Gospel are opening up in Cuba as never before. This brief video of our recent Wheels for the World distribution in Cuba was broadcast on Cuban National Television – they even mentioned that Joni and Friends is a Christian ministry. I'm so grateful to God that we can not only deliver wheelchairs in Cuba, but distribute Bibles and introduce special-needs families to Jesus Christ! Even if you don't know...

Thank you for Giving the Greatest Gift... God's Word!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 11, 2015
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Father and son reading their new Bible togetherWhat is the most precious gift you own? For 10-year-old Julius and his father living in Uganda, their gift is one that may surprise you… Born with spina bifida, life with disability was a struggle each day for Julius and his family, and their need for a wheelchair was great. Father and son arrived early in the morning at the Wheels for the World distribution site and waited patiently all day, without one complaint, for a wheelchair. Soon Julius was carefully fitted into his first wheelchair. But the greatest gift Julius received that day was his very own Bible… in his native language! When his father learned he would receive a Bible for his family, he was overwhelmed with joy — almost the same or more than his joy over the wheelchair! “Whenever I saved money to buy a Bible, a medical emergency would come up with Julius and I’d have to use all the money I had saved for the Bible.” When you give the gift of a wheel­chair to a little child like Julius, it opens his future and allows him to receive God’s Word. In Julius’ story, God used...

Making a Difference: Greater Philadelphia

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 5, 2015
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Volunteers collecting wheelchairs for Wheels for the WorldDo you know what happens to a wheelchair after it’s donated to our Wheels for the World ministry? You make ministry happen at Joni and Friends Area Ministries, located throughout the United States. Recently, in the Greater Philadelphia area, a group of volunteers emptied two storage units and filled a sixty-three foot tractor-trailer with wheelchairs and walkers! With help from the Eastern Pennsylvania Area Office, 300 wheelchairs will go to Cheshire Correctional Institution to be refurbished. Once finished, they will be shipped to Romania and El Salvador...

A Birthday Present From Jesus... Wrapped in Your Prayer!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 26, 2015
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Pablo receiving his gift of a pediatric wheelchairPablo and his parents, Luis and Jalina, live in Cuba. His disability has threatened his life several times, and it’s a miracle he’s even alive. Then something special happened on the day of his 10th birthday. Your prayers opened the windows of heaven with a gift only God could give! Pablo’s parents are strong Christians and have relied upon Christ for strength, faith and patience through­out Pablo’s life. His disability has been a great test, though they trust God and know He is in control. Yet, even with great faith, Pablo’s dad Luis admitted, “We never prayed for a wheelchair for Pablo because we didn’t believe it was possible!” Because God works through the power of your prayer, Pablo received the greatest birthday gift ever, straight from his Heavenly Father: A beautiful wheelchair, cus­tom-fit – perfect for his needs, safe and comfortable. “This wheelchair you have given us is a demonstration of God’s love and mercy – and the love and mercy of every person who had a part in sending it!” said Luis. “Through this gift you have given in...

Through Your Prayers, Lives Are Being Changed All Over the World!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 22, 2015
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Aldea in her new pediatric wheelchairYour prayers truly are powerful and effective! Just ask a mother like Sylvia who lives in Romania. Her little girl, Aldea, was born with a disability, in a country where help is not readily available. Here’s Sylvia’s story, but it’s really your story too … because it began with your powerful and effective prayer! “Joni and Friends is coming!” Among mothers of children with disabilities, word spread like wildfire in the small village where Sylvia and Aldea live. Wheelchairs for our children! The news was almost too good to be true. “I always hoped to find a wheelchair somewhere, somehow – but they are very expensive and we could never afford one,” explained Sylvia. “For years we have carried Aldea, but now that she’s 5 years old, that’s impossible.” Because she has never had the right seat, she can’t sit up for more than 10 minutes at a time. So even though she is bright and curious, Aldea has spent most of her time in bed. Your prayers sent exactly the right wheelchair for Aldea! Joni and Friends’ Wheels for the World ...

You Send So Much More Than a Wheelchair

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 14, 2015
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Obed hearing the Gospel from Wheels for the World team memberWhen you send a Bible and a wheelchair overseas to a child with a disability, the spiritual impact is life-changing for every member of the family! Recently, Obed brought his little son Johnson to receive a wheelchair from Wheels for the World. “I need God’s help to be the right kind of father to my family,” he shared with our team members. “My cul­ture says my son is worthless. I need a new kind of wisdom. The Bible that you gave was opened to 2 Corinthians 5:17: ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!’” Obed received the word of God hungrily and a Gos­pel bracelet helped to make the steps to salvation clear. With tiny Johnson looking on from his new wheelchair, Obed eagerly prayed to receive...

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